December Update for StrongStart BC Programs

A couple of reminders and announcements to take us into the new year:

  • A friendly reminder that the next StrongStart BC data extract will happen on January 10, 2012.  Attendance and registration information from September 1 – December 31, 2011 will be extracted at this time.  This extraction happens automatically, but districts need to ensure all children who attend are registered and that their attendance is up to date in BCeSIS. Information from the January 10th extract helps us to understand how the program is being accessed.
  • Janet Powell, who coordinated StrongStart BC for the last four years, is in a new position in the Curriculum and Assessment area, within the Learning Division.  We appreciated Janet for her kind approach and the excellent expertise and advice she provided.  Our deepest appreciation and thanks goes to Janet for her dedication over the years in supporting districts and facilitators.   Our new Ministry contact for StrongStart BC programs is Catherine (Cat) Jensen, who returns to us from her second maternity leave.  Cat is an early childhood educator who has a wealth of field experience and whose children frequently attend their community StrongStart BC program with their grandmother.  Cat can be reached at

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work. I continue to heard from many people that your StrongStart BC programs are wonderful, enriching environments for children and welcoming to the families in your neighbourhoods.    That is something you can all be really proud of creating!

Carolyn Henson

Director, Early Years, Ministry of Education

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